Major League Baseball(SAN FRANCISCO) -- One of the biggest honors Major League Baseball gives out has nothing to do with their accomplishments on the field, but off it. This year, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and recently-retired Chicago White Sox first baseman/designated hitter Paul Konerko become the first two to share the Roberto Clemente Award.
The award is given to those who best represent the game off-the-field thorugh charitable work. It is named after the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder who died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
"Jennifer and I are truly humbled to receive an award named after such a special player and person," Konerko said in a statement released through Major League Baseball. "It's also a great honor to share this award with Jimmy Rollins, who is someone I have always respected for his approach to the game. This award caps off what has been a special final season for me."
"I did that for a number of years, and then Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania for two years before ultimately last year making a transition to something I can have or we can have a more direct effect with the community and the area," Rollins said. "Something that was larger than what we had been previously doing. I like to eat, personally. I like good food, and I tell my mom, `Don't hold back the good food. I don't care what it costs, let's go get it."
Konerko just wrapped an 18-year career, 16 with the White Sox. Rollins has spent his entire 15-year career with the Phillies.
Ed Zurga/Getty Images(MANHATTAN, KS) -- The Kansas State Wildcats rolled over the Texas Longhorns with a 23-0 victory Saturday.
The Wildcats remain undefeated in Big 12 play and pushed thier overall record to 6-1.
Quarterback Jake Waters threw for 224 yards and trusty receiver Tyler Lockett caught eight passes for 103 yards. Kansas State scored both of their touchdowns on the ground on the legs of DeMarcus Robinson and Charles Jones.
The Longhorns continue to adjust under the new regime of head coach Charlie Strong. With a now 3-5 record, inconsistency continues to be the bane of Texas football. Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes was 13-25 for only 106 yards.
This was the first time Texas had suffered a shut out since 2004 when they lost to Oaklahoma 12-0.
Football Texture/iStockphoto(LINCOLN, NE) -- With a masterful effort from running back Ameer Abdullah the Nebraska Cornhuskers ran right through the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 42-24.
Abdullah broke a school record with 341 all-purpose yards, surpassing Roy Helu's previous record of 321 yards from scrimmage. The diminutive running back scampered for 225 yards and three touchdowns.
Nebraska is now 7-1 with an upcoming matchup against Purdue.
Rutgers continues to receive a rude awakening to the realities of playing in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights are now 1-3 in conference play and coming off a 56-17 drubbing from Ohio State the previous week.
Quarterback Gary Nova remained unimpressive completing 8 of 19 passes, throwing one touchdown and one interception before suffering an injury to his knee at the end of the first half.
Leon Halip/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, FL) -- Gerald McCoy is now the highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history.
The Buccaneers re-signed their 2010 first round pick to a seven-year $98 million dollar contract extension with $51.5 million in guarantees.
McCoy struggled with injuries in his first two seasons, but has proven to be one of the most dominant nose tackles over the past two. He has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons and was named a 2013 All-Pro.
Despite McCoy's individual success, the Buccaneers continue to struggle. The team is currently 1-5 and coming off a 4-12 record in 2013.
Now with a new contract in hand, McCoy can maintain focus on bringing the Bucs back to postseason prominence.
"That's eating away at me, man," McCoy said earlier this season. "I do all this training and preparing, trying to do what I can for my team for us to get to the playoffs. I just want to experience it."
NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(LAS VEGAS) -- Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant stands behind future Hall of Famer Steve Nash's decision to hang it up this week.
Nash announced his retirement following another back injury and Bryant said on Friday that he knows Nash did everything he could to get back on the court.
"You can control what you can control," Bryant said. "He did everything to get back and play at a high level. From that standpoint he should be able to sleep at night. I know I would. I can only think about that in my situation; I just tried to do everything possible to be ready, and if it wasn't in the cards, if I couldn't get back to being at that level, you just have to accept it and when you lay your head down you know that you did absolutely everything possible."
Bryant would have liked to play a full season with Nash, but understands that his teammate made the right choice.
"It's tough," said Bryant.. "I just asked him if he was in good spirits and he said, 'Yeah.' It kind of is what it is at this point. ... He struggled with his back even when he was in his prime. I really don't think it's an age thing, it's an injury thing. He's had to deal with it his entire career, and it just caught up with him now."
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak reached out to the league about applying for a disabled player exception.
"I think all he knows is that he can't continue to play," Kupchak said. "Whenever he feels like he can, he tries to and then he gets set back three or four weeks. There's age, there's life after basketball. The only reason he's playing this year is because he loves to play, so there's a lot racing through his head. The bottom line is he can't put it together."
Jason O.Watson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) are expecting everything from the St. Louis Rams (2-4) on Sunday.
Kansas City will host the Austin Davis led Rams at Arrowhead Stadium and head coach Andy Reid will have his team prepared.
"On the offensive side, they’re explosive. Anytime you can take a young quarterback like that and have him come in and play at the level that he’s playing at, first of all means he’s talented, but it also means you’re doing a heck of a job coaching him," Reid said this week. "Their runners are good, their receivers are good, their tight ends-everybody’s contributing there. Then, special teams, they’re scoring points too and making big plays. You got a good football team that you’ve got to get ready for. They throw a lot of things at you, offensively, defensively and on special teams. That’s been a [Rams head coach] Jeff Fisher trait over the years that he’s been a head coach."
Davis led the Rams to a 28-26 win over the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday and Reid said that he's come a long way.
"He’s accurate and gets the ball out. Looks like he’s managing things very well, everybody’s where they need to be. Looks like he’s hitting the right receivers. To me, I mean, I studied him when he came out, he’s a good football player," Reid said. "He’s transferred that from college into the NFL. He’s a football player, he gets it. That’s an impressive deal, I think. That’s a plus anytime your third guy can come in and do a great job. (Rams Offensive Coordinator) Brian (Schottenheimer) is a great coach too, so he’s lucky to be in good hands there, from an offensive standpoint."
Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Oklahoma City Thunder guard Anthony Morrow is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a left MCL sprain at practice Thursday.
Morrow was a candidate to begin the season as a starter at shooting guard due to Kevin Durant being injured. Now it looks like either Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb or Reggie Jackson will get the starting spot.
The 29-year-old Morrow joined the Thunder this summer, signing a three-year, $10 million contract.
Morrow has played six NBA seasons split between the Warriors, Nets, Hawks, Mavericks and Pelicans. During that time he's averaged 10.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and one assist per game.
BananaStock(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Despite not qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title, Jamie McMurray won the poll at Martinsville Speedway Friday.
McMurray ran a lap of 99.905 mph, which is a qualifying record, to earn the top starting position for Sunday's Sprint Cup race.
"We made the car better throughout the test and hit on a couple of things that really had a lot of speed in it, so I was pretty excited about getting here this weekend," McMurray said. "Our cars have been so quick the past two or three months. This is a great track for me, we had a really good test, and when things are going well, you get excited to come to the track."
Championship contenders Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth qualified second and third.
Martinsville will be the first of three races that will determine the four final drivers that will compete for the Sprint Cup title Nov. 16 at Homestead.